It would be nice if the long foundation (who posted these) would put the words "sample" in the title or "partial" to let people know that most of their copies are not complete copies at all, usually only a few pages at most. There are other Chinese copies and Chinese texts here, which are much more complete. There are several forms of Chinese used in the world today by millions of people. The samples of the long foundation do provide at least some examples of particular dialects which are Chinese, or used in china or among Chinese speakers. Today the Chinese which is used is both the Literary classical Chinese, and the written vernacular. Even those who use the written vernacular however, are often expected to learn the more ancient Chinese.
Classical or Literary Chinese (also known as Wenli or Wen-li) is still very relevant to the Chinese speaking world today. The New Testament and Old . Testament ; translations for Chinese usually follow the same rules as they do for the other languages: most of the time, the older ; translations are the more accurate ones. The new versions usually are much less precise, and use words and vocabulary that actually make the text harder to understand. The older translators had the many years to devote to accuracy and to a deep deep knowledge of Greek, Hebrew, and the modern language to translate into. The new translators often have insufficient . knowledge . and . depth . first in the ancient languages, and then also have insufficient knowledge of the modern language as well. Yes, they do produce versions, but they are far from giving the reader the depth, and core knowledge that the reader is seeking. There is also often a difference in the older versions translated from superior Greek manuscripts ;. That is not talked about ; (often advocates of modern versions have not studied ; these issues personally;. Instead they rely on ; so-called experts who often have a relationship with large publishing companies, which is often overlooked.
Literary Chinese is the form of written Chinese used from the end of the Han Dynasty (206 BC) all the way until today. Literary Chinese is also known as Wen-li, wen-li or wenli. In China PRC Most Chinese people with at least a middle school education are able to read basic Classical or Literary Chinese, because the ability to read (but not write) Classical Chinese is still part of the Chinese middle school and high school curricula ;. and is part of the college entrance examination. Classical Chinese is taught primarily by presenting a classical Chinese work and including a vernacular gloss that explains the meaning of phrases. Tests on classical Chinese usually ask the student to express the meaning of a paragraph in vernacular Chinese, using multiple choice. They often take the form of comprehension questions. In addition Literary Chinese is still used by many Chinese who live outside of china. Taken together, that one group of Chinese outside of china would form the fifth largest population group in the world, if classed by themselves.